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Iraq Travel Guide

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Quick Facts
Capital Baghdad
Government Transitional (U.S Military Support)
Currency Iraqi dinar (IQD)
Area 437,072 km2
Population 26,783,383 (July 2006 est.)
Language Arabic, Kurdish (official in Kurdish regions), Turkmen, Assyrian, Armenian
Religion Muslim 97% (Shi'a 60%-65%, Sunni 32%-37%), Christian or other 3%
Electricity 230V/50Hz
Calling Code +964
Internet TLD .iq
Time Zone UTC +3

Travel Warning

WARNING: Iraq is presently a war zone. Traveling there is extremely dangerous and strongly discouraged. All foreigners are in danger of kidnapping, murder, and general armed violence. Tourism visas for Iraq are not granted at the moment.

Although the northeast provinces which comprise Iraqi Kurdistan can be considered safe for foreigners, the margins for errors are small. While no foreign deaths have occurred in the province since the 2003 Iraq invasion, many foreign deaths have occurred elsewhere in Iraq. Note that citizens of Iraqi Kurdistan themselves generally do not leave the province, as their lives are also in danger (although citizens of Kirkuk are an exception).

If it is necessary to visit, then remain cautious at all times, and consult your embassy before you leave. For further information, see war zone safety.

The bottom line: do your research and be careful.

Iraq (Arabic: العراق Al-Irāq) is a country in the Middle East. It lies at the north end of the Persian Gulf and has a small (58 km) coastline in the southeast of the country. It is surrounded by Iran to the east, Kuwait to the south, Saudi Arabia to the southwest, Jordan to the west, Syria to the northwest, and Turkey to the north.



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Iraq Travel Guide from Wikitravel. Many thanks to all Wikitravel contributors. Text is available under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0, images are available under various licenses, see each image for details.

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